CSPR nods Edgar Lungu parliament speech

The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction CSPR has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s opening speech to parliament.

CSPR Provincial Coordinator, Maxson Nkhoma says that his organisation is delighted with the key progressive policy accouchements made by President Lungu.

Mr. Nkhoma says that the President’s vision of a smart and prosperous Zambia that will not leave anyone behind is key in enhancing economic development, equity and wealth creation for all Zambians.

He says that CSPR is particularly delighted that the head of state has continued to prioritise poverty reduction as a key area of strategic focus for his government.

Mr. Nkhoma says that the speech of the president was well articulated and showed clear link of the objectives of the vision 2030 and the Seventh National Development Plan.

Two men in court for stealing 51 chickens

Two men and a juvenile of Chipata district yesterday appeared for plea in the Chipata Magistrate Court, for stealing 51 chickens and two bags of feed valued at 2,232 Kwacha.

Moses Wynter Njobvu aged 20, and Edward Lungu aged 22 admitted the charge while the juvenile denied the charge.

The juvenile told the court that he was picked by his friends and that he did not know that they had an intention of stealing.

The matter is before Resident Magistrate Borniface Mwala.

The three stood charged with one count of breaking into a building and committing a felony, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Facts before the court are that the three, on September 12th 2017, broke and entered into a poultry house, at Kamoto Farms and stole 51 chickens and two bags of feed valued at 2,232 Kwacha.

Magistrate Mwala has set September 18th, 2017 as a date for written facts, in the case of Moses and Edward, while the juvenile will appear for another mention.

Over 900 girls fall out of school

About 974 girls dropped out of school as at March 31st 2017 in Eastern Province.

Provincial Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the affected girls dropped out of school for various reasons, which include early marriages, illnesses and failure by parents and guardians to financially support them.

Dr. Lingambe however, says that the number of girls dropping out of school has reduced compared to the past years.

He told Breeze News that this is because of the introduction of the re-entry policy.

Dr. Lingambe says 1,134 girls who dropped out of school last year, are back in school.

He says with the help from traditional leaders and sensitization on the matter, 22 girls were retrieved from marriages in the first term this year.

A 76 year old commits suicide after killing wife

A 76 year old man has committed suicide, in Sinda district, a day after murdering his 48 year old wife.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident, which was reported by Godfrey Banda of Kwinjiri village in Chief Kawaza’s area.

He says that Mathias Phiri was found hanging from a tree in a field in Kamushapu village after murdering his wife Matale Mwale of the same abode.

Mr. Chilufya says that the incident occurred on Tuesday at unknown time but between 24hours and 07hours.

He says that Police visited the scene and found the body of the deceased still hanging on a tree.

The police commissioner says that the body was inspected and found with a rope on the neck but with no physical injuries.

He says that police advised the relatives to bury and mark the grave.

Kutila Nsembe traditional ceremony of the Nsenga on this weekend

Preparations for this year’s Kutila Nsembe traditional ceremony of the Nsenga people in Petauke district, slated for this Saturday have reached an advanced stage.

The ceremony, whose main aim is to pay homage to the ancestral spirits, is held in Mwanjawanthu Chiefdom.

Chieftainess Mwanjawanthu’s Royal Establishment family spokesperson Ananias Chirwa says all is set for the ceremony which will be held this weekend.

Mr. Chirwa told Breeze News that among the notable people who have already confirmed to be in attendance, include Paramount Chief Mpezeni of the Ngoni people, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, Chief Magodi of the Ngoni people and former Chief Justice Ernest Sakala.

He says the ceremony is important because it unifies the Nsengas and other people from different ethnic groups.

Five nubbed for counterfeit notes

Two men of Chipata district have been arrested for being in possession of one hundred Thousand Kwacha counterfeit notes.

Davison Njobvu of St. Monica’s area and Alexander Lungu, 32, a Businessman of Kalongwezi area, were arrested together with three others from Lusaka.

The others are Mulenga Simukoko, 42, Kamanga Banda, 58 and Alfred Mabeti, 38, all of Chawama Compound in Lusaka.

This is according to a press statement by DEC, Drug Enforcement Commission public relations officer, Theresa Katongo.

In another matter, Ms Katongo says DEC has further arrested a Zambia Army Officer for being in possession of 400 thousand Kwacha counterfeit notes in 100 Kwacha bills.

She says Newton Sondashi, 42, a Staff Sergeant of Ndola District was arrested in Chawama Township in Lusaka, as he was about to transact.

Ms Katongo says the commission has further arrested and jointly charged James Banda, 23, Moses John Mwanza, 23, and his wife Estela Phiri, 25, for trafficking in 45 sachets of heroin.

She says the four were major suppliers of heroin in Lusaka’s Chaisa Compound.

Also arrested separately, is Peter Mwanza popularly known as ‘Junior Marcopolo’ for trafficking in 116 sachets of heroin.

The DEC spokesperson says all suspects will appear in court soon.

Chadiza cooperatives failing to manage financies

Mismanagement of finances among cooperatives in Chadiza district has worried Chadiza Constituency Member of Parliament Salatiel Tembo.

Mr. Tembo says that some board members in most cooperatives in the district have problems in managing the finances in their cooperatives.

He stated that the cooperatives normally finish the money on buying farming inputs without saving any funds in the banks, which can be used for other businesses.

Mr. Tembo says that this has resulted in the cooperatives failing to develop.

He however, appealed to all cooperatives in the district to venture in different businesses in order to sustain their cooperatives and help boost the economy.

Mr Tembo has also welcomed de suggestion by Chadiza

He was speaking during a meeting with primary cooperatives, which was organised by DCU, District Cooperative Union in Chadiza.

Meanwhile Mr. Tembo supported a proposal by the District Cooperative Union to have each cooperative member contribute three gallons of maize to start production and sale of mealie-meal in the district in order to recapitalise all cooperatives in the district.

He said that the project should be done in a transparent manner.

Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence to sit in Eastern

The Commission of Inquiry into Voting Patterns and Electoral Violence is expected to hold its public sittings in Eastern Province this month.

And chairperson of the commission Justice Munalula Lisimba has appealed to people in the province not to shun the exercise.

In a statement availed to Breeze News, Justice Lisimba says that the commission is on course and on schedule in the execution of its mandate to receive submissions from the people in all the 10 Provinces of the country.

He says that so far, Zambians have responded overwhelmingly to the Commissions’ ongoing public sittings around the country.

Justice Lisimba says that it is un-deniable that the country has over the years, experienced electoral violence in which life and property have been lost.

He notes that it is not yet known who perpetrated the violence, how it happened, where it happened and who the victims were.

Justice Lisimba says that therefore, the public sittings provide an opportunity to every Zambian to be heard.

 

Illegal developers warned against building on hill slopes

The local authority in Chipata has warned people against putting up illegal structures on hill slopes.

Chipata City Council Town Planner, Edward Zulu, says the council has observed that there is an increase in the number of people putting up illegal structures on hill slopes in the district.

Speaking during The Voice Program on Breeze FM Saturday morning, Mr. Zulu says the local authority will soon take action on illegal developers, especially those building on hill slopes.

He agreed that there are some plots, which have been allocated in hill slopes by the council such as those in Moth extension.

He, however, says developers putting up structures in Magazine and Katopola area are doing so at their own risk, because their structures will be demolished, as the council has not given any permit to developers.

And Chipata City Council Public Relations Officer, Agnes Banda, says people should follow right procedures when putting up structures.

Meanwhile, a resident of Kapata Township, Mathews Kachali, says there is need for the local authority to take action, especially at Katopola hill, because the situation is compromising hygiene.

MMD suspends alliance with PF

The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy MMD in Eastern Province has suspended its working relationship with the ruling PF, Patriotic Front Party with immediate effect.

MMD Provincial Spokesperson Zephaniah Kaleya says that this follows demands by the PF in Eastern Province to have MMD President Felix Mutati removed as finance minister.

Speaking to Breeze News, Mr. Kaleya says that the MMD will no longer work with the PF although it will continue to support President Edgar Lungu until his term expires.

He says that the MMD is disappointed that the PF leadership yesterday presented a petition to the party Secretary General demanding the resignation of Mr. Mutati from his Ministerial position.

Mr. Kaleya says that the allegation by the PF that Mr. Mutati has been on a tour to revamp the MMD with a mission to destabilise the PF in Eastern Province is false.

Mr. Kaleya says that although the MMD is currently carrying out an exercise to revamp the party, Mr. Mutati has not played any active role despite being the party leader.

He has called upon President Edgar Lungu to dissolve the PF Provincial committee, which he has described as a thorn in the flesh.